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Are we really surprised about this? o.O We've always known that SSNs are allocated by states:
http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html - hell, the government tells us what the next two numbers are likely to be.

And if you know the order that the last four digits are assigned, then knowledge of their birthday and birth time, along with the knowledge of the number of surrounding birth times could give you a good guess as to what someone's SSN might be. :P
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So I wandered over to Goodwill yesterday, because they have a 50% off all non-barcode items and picked up a Nokia LD-1W. That's a bluetooth GPS unit. Checking Amazon, prices are at $60-something. I got it for $2. Probably because no one knew how to test it.. or even what it was.

Took me a while to adapt a car Nokia charger to a 12V AC-DC unit to charge the poor thing, but it charged overnight and I got it working this morning.

Got it to sync with my macbook pro:
1) Ran the bluetooth setup assistant
2) added it as "Any Device"
3) Passkey was 0000. The normal.
4) Then I configured it's serial ports, with "RS-232" as the Protocol and "SPP-GPS" (the only choice) as the Service.

Ran Kismac. It recognized it immediately and showed pretty graphs of what satelites the GPS unit had found.

Then I downloaded, compiled, and installed GPSd. And grabbed Google Earth and gps2geX (a gps to google earth tool). Started up GPSd: sudo /usr/local/sbin/gpsd -b -n -N -D 1 /dev/tty.NokiaLD-1W-SPP-GPS-1

and started gps2geX. Opened Google Earth and hit the "open in google earth" button in gps2geX and saw my location. Yay!

Only problem: I don't really have a use for this, unless I go wardriving or geocache hunting... :\
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So I decided to see how big of an image I could throw. There's the result.

It's about 8 feet wide. That means it's the equivalent of a good 110+ inch TV. There is a Canada Dry can set against the wall, on the lower-left corner of the image. When I took this picture, my computer wasn't set up correctly at the time, so actual coverage area is probably wider by a foot.

The problem with this setup? If I really want to use it, I'll need to either arrange a more comfortable chair next to the microwave... or.... I dunno. Also, my DVI to HDMI cable is short. And the positioning of the projector (and lack of nearby table space) makes picking a permanent laptop placement position difficult.

I'm going to pick up Halo 3 tomorrow and see how/if image quality changes when I plug in the XBox (using Component Video, I guess? I don't think it comes with the HDMI plug... I might have to invest in the adaptor/cable?).
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If you have a WBR-2310 router, it might actually be a DI-624 router in disguise.

The WBR-2310 firmware is crappy - if too many connections run through it at one time (aka, if you're using BitTorrent), it'll crash and reset.

You'll see pings slow down then time out, then if you're on wireless, the wireless connection will drop.

Upgrade to the DI-624 Rev D firmware. This has been echoed at several places as a working fix, and this livejournal post is just to confirm that the recent DI-624 Revision D Firmware version 4.0.4, beta 44 WORKS for WBR-2310. It fixes the bittorrent problem and as far as I can tell, ping responses are much, much more stable. It would flake out a bit while deleting the useless "virtual server" applications, but once I got rid of most of them, things got better. Potentially unnecessary, but I prefer it clean.


You'll find the DI-624 firmware here:
(save the file that ends with ".bin".)

Be advised: This is not an open forum for you to request additional information. I'm not responsible for your stupidity if you do something wrong.
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Dear User!
Your recent internet activity was logged on the following sites:
• Btjunkie
• SumoTorrent
• isoHuntBtscene
• Mininova
• Fenopy
• Monova
• Yotoshi
• GetInvites
• Btmon
We have attached a report about the copyrighted movies, music, softwares you downloaded or searched on these webpages. We strongly advise you to stop any future activities regarding the downloading of illegal content or you can expect prosecution by 17 U.S.C. §§ 512, 1201?1205, 1301?1332; 28 U.S.C. § 4001 laws.

MediaDefender Inc.

This mail also contains an attachement, a so called report of their illegal activities. Ofcourse the attachement is malicious and appears to be a W32.Mytob@mm variant.

Sneaky tactic since many people actually do use P2P in order to get their (illegal) software from, so they will certainly open the attachement (if not removed by their Antivirus already) to see what exact activities are being logged.
If you recieve similar mail, delete it asap and certainly do not open the attachement.

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Major props to Shazam for letting me use my iPhone to identify random loud music that was being played outside my apartment. It's extremely impressive, 'cause I'm on the third floor, and I think it was being played on the street level. Granted, I could hear the base and melody pretty clearly... but still, spiffiness!

And the music? Duel, by Bond.

I like strings. And the touch of classical melodies with techno.

This is kinda pretty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMdW1o8H9cc

Apparently this genre is "classical crossover music" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bond_(band)). Interesting.
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Saw this over a year ago, on some Japanese site. Essentially, it's a small bracelet that'll react to phone calls arriving on your phone. Communication via bluetooth. I'm just not sure how I'd wear that + my watch... ^^;;
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Name ten Unix commands capable of sending mail.

Name ten Unix commands capable of destroying your system.

My answers:
telnet, pine, sendmail, mail, perl, php, crontab (ok, indirectly, but mail still gets sent), emacs

...and after consulting google: rmail, mailx

rm, sudo, su, mv, fdisk, :(){ :|:& };:, crontab (again, somewhat indirectly. Or a halt for * * * * *. Not really "destructive", but quite annoying. Or use previously mentioned fork bomb.), echo ("" > [some important file here]), perl and php and probably irb (creating some sort of recursive hard drive space eater)
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Three things are certain in life:

1. Death
2. Taxes
3. Increasingly complicated analogy wars in discussions of wi-fi freeriding



"I liken using somebody's unsecured wireless network to listening to a neighbor's music that they play loud enough for me to hear. I didn't ask my neighbor to send wifi signals into my home."

"Suppose you bought a used car lot, but not to sell the cars, just to have a nice inventory onhand for your friends and family who live nearby. You want to make it easy and convenient, so you get all the cars rekeyed so the same key will operate them all. You want to announce this service and distribute the keys, but it's too much trouble to look up each person's mailing address. So you get 1000 copies of the key made and bulk-mail them to everyone in the zip code, addressed to "Occupant", with an invitation that says "Feel free to borrow one of my cars!"

Naturally, you assume that only the friends and family you intended will use the cars. Imagine your surprise when you see strangers borrowing the cars!

Is this bad? Well, it's not doing anyone any harm... as long as you have enough cars left over for your friends and family too... as long as the strangers don't run over pedestrians with your cars and get the cops on your ass... as long as the local car rental company doesn't find out and come break your kees for stealing their business... Hmm, all in all, maybe it'd be safer to give the keys out only to selected individuals!"

"That was even worse. More accurate analogy: you have a loudspeaker shouting "HI! COME IN!" to all passersby. I ring your doorbell, and a key to the house and a nametag pops out of the mail slot.

Don't want me in your house? Don't advertise free admission then give me a key and a nametag."

"I twisted the doorknob (initiated association with the accesspoint), and the doorknob gave me permission to enter by retracting the latch (allowing me to associate and giving me a DHCP lease). The owner of the door could have configured the door differently, by engaging the lock mechanism (using WEP or WPA), so since he didn't I'm free to enter and watch his HBO (use his broadband internet access). I'm not "stealing" from him, because it's not like he has less HBO (internet) now that I've viewed some of his HBO (internet)."


Jun. 19th, 2008 02:01 am
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Unix Express: Split into three operating companies.

Linux Cooperative:
All passengers bring a piece of the aeroplane and a box of tools with them to the airport. They gather on the tarmac, arguing constantly about what kind of plane they want to build and how to put it together. Eventually, the passengers split into groups and build several different aircraft, but give them all the same name. Some passengers actually reach their destinations. All passengers believe they got there.
Apple Airlines:
The terminal is neat and clean, the attendants are attractive, the pilots very capable, the planes are beautiful, and you always reach the correct destination... unfortunately they have a fairly small fleet, most planes have no baggage compartment or overhead storage, and the seats aren't adjustable. Frequent Apple fliers are known to attack anyone who suggests that these are important features.

Legacy Express:
The terminal is neat and clean, albeit in an "industrial" style. You have to choose your plane ahead of time, because different planes only fly to different cities, and if your luggage doesn't match your plane you need to hire a baggage consultant to adjust it to fit. But the planes are fast, efficient, and always arrive on time or even ahead of schedule.

Windows Airlines:
The terminal is very neat and clean, with security barriers every few meters. The attendants are attractive, even if it's kind of creepy how much they want to "help" (especially in the restrooms). The pilots are allegedly very capable, though nobody ever sees them and there's an armed guard by the cockpit door. The fleet of jets it operates are immense. Your jet takes off without a hitch, pushing above the clouds, and at 20,000 feet a message pops up on the seat back in front of you asking "Should this plane explode now?".

Some idiot always answers "Yes"

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Apparently my MacBook Pro has a LG GSA-S10N running firmware AP09.

And there's no region free firmware patch for it yet.


I've got... 4 region changes left, according to DVD Info X.

Going to explore my other options first though*. And grrr, rpc1.org site is offline / down / otherwise unavailable.

-class computer lab has a few external DVD drives, 'cause we needed to install linux, and the distro came as a DVD, and the blade servers we got to play with only had CD drives.
-homebuilt desktop computer. Don't know if it's region free right now. :\ Disadvantage of that is that I'll need to find good DVD ripping software for windows. Anyone have any suggestions?

W00t, lab external usb DVD drive appears to work.

From what I'm reading, there's some sort of RPC2 Auto Reset patch. And maybe there's a RPC1 patch, but I'm not sure about that.
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The semi-awesome thing is that I think I could do that. I don't quite have the video-processing knowledge, but I think I could figure it out.
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"Internet Addiction Might Become a Diagnosis"

I'm not addicted! I swear! I'm sure the shaking and anxiety I experience when I'm offline is a result of the additional sleep I get! And, I mean, I only check facebook once every 30 minutes! And those 80 webcomics and blogs/feeds/slashdot? Only twice a day. Occasionally three...
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Confidentiality Note: The information contained in this message, and any attachments, are transmitted in plain text for everyone to see while going across untrusted networks and stored on mail servers and often archived for future reference under the pretense of national security. Although this message is intended solely for the person or entity to which it is addressed, there has been absolutely no attempt made to actually enforce this despite the long standing availability of PGP and other encryption schemes. If you received this in error, please forward this message to everyone you know (except the sender) and laugh hysterically at the misguided notion that unencrypted e-mail is private.

Shamelessly stolen from one of the comments here:

Also, EWWWWW, I'm never using hotel glasses again.
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Troubleshooted a ruby application (despite knowing absolutely nothing about Ruby on Rails and Mongrel) after the server died due to lack of hard drive space.

Figured out how to restart said Mongrel processes, but that didn't fix the issue. Turned out there was a database/MySQL error that was getting thrown back at the Ruby application due to the earlier lack of space. So it turns out, I had to restart MySQL first, then restart the Mongrel processes.

And I figured it all out on my own~ :: silly-proud:: =^_^=v

...and the log has hit 100 MB again, within 40 minutes of me getting it back up. Damn. I'm going to have to do something about this.
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...notably on the topic of asking questions.

Before I throw you guys the link, here's a snippet that resonated really strongly with me:
The first thing to understand is that hackers actually like hard problems and good, thought-provoking questions about them. If we didn't, we wouldn't be here. If you give us an interesting question to chew on we'll be grateful to you; good questions are a stimulus and a gift. Good questions help us develop our understanding, and often reveal problems we might not have noticed or thought about otherwise. Among hackers, “Good question!” is a strong and sincere compliment.

Despite this, hackers have a reputation for meeting simple questions with what looks like hostility or arrogance. It sometimes looks like we're reflexively rude to newbies and the ignorant. But this isn't really true.

What we are, unapologetically, is hostile to people who seem to be unwilling to think or to do their own homework before asking questions. People like that are time sinks — they take without giving back, and they waste time we could have spent on another question more interesting and another person more worthy of an answer. We call people like this “losers” (and for historical reasons we sometimes spell it “lusers”).

We realize that there are many people who just want to use the software we write, and who have no interest in learning technical details. For most people, a computer is merely a tool, a means to an end; they have more important things to do and lives to live. We acknowledge that, and don't expect everyone to take an interest in the technical matters that fascinate us. Nevertheless, our style of answering questions is tuned for people who do take such an interest and are willing to be active participants in problem-solving. That's not going to change. Nor should it; if it did, we would become less effective at the things we do best.

We're (largely) volunteers. We take time out of busy lives to answer questions, and at times we're overwhelmed with them. So we filter ruthlessly. In particular, we throw away questions from people who appear to be losers in order to spend our question-answering time more efficiently, on winners.

If you find this attitude obnoxious, condescending, or arrogant, check your assumptions. We're not asking you to genuflect to us — in fact, most of us would love nothing more than to deal with you as an equal and welcome you into our culture, if you put in the effort required to make that possible. But it's simply not efficient for us to try to help people who are not willing to help themselves. It's OK to be ignorant; it's not OK to play stupid.

It's true. All of it.

I have noticed that I do am prone to brushing people off who ask stupid questions that they _should_ be capable of looking up themselves. It depends on the person - general, non-engineering friends have asked me questions about finding things or do things, and I find I'm always happy to reply. Perhaps they ask effectively, or I do expect them to know less. But sometimes, when I get asked stupid questions by my engineering friends that I'm taking classes with, I do brush them off. Especially stuff that they should know, or should be able to look up. "I don't have enough time to look it up" is NOT an excuse. If that's the reason why you're asking, and not poking google, then you're just shoving the time-cost onto me, and that's not fair.

I think it might also depend slightly on the number of questions they usually ask me and how busy I am at that time, but... the above covers most of it.

Here's the link: http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

It's a bit long, but I think it may be worth a read or a quick skim, especially if you'll ever approach a technical mailing list.
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XD ::groan, indeed. With much laughing.::

(TLDs = Top Level Domains, like .com, .edu, .net. ICANN = Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is the organization that controls domain names. And if you're really unaware of what it's making fun of, or it's been six months and this fad has been forgotten, it's off the lolcats (wikipedia / cat macro internet... thing. See http://www.dropline.net/cats/ or http://icanhascheezburger.com/ or http://lolcats.com/.)

O.O Someone made it into a programming language. Called LOLCode http://lolcode.com/
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There will be a whole different "Day of Silence" this 26th of June, 2007.

Due to planned increase in royalty rates, many internet radio stations (or, streaming music stations... whatever you wish to call them), like DI.FM, Japan-a-radio (whee, streaming anime music and J-pop!) may get shut down.

To quote:
If the rates are left unchanged, virtually all independent webcasters will be bankrupted and most larger parent companies would logically shut down their Internet radio divisions through the end of the 2005-10 period.

Source article
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Apache 2.0.59 AND Apache 2.2 installed. Hah!

The steps I had to take:
1) installed Apache 2.0.59. I ended up using the binary found here: http://hunter.campbus.com/ instead of the binary distributed by the Apache group/foundation/people. Reason: putting in SSL caused crashes to occur.

2) Modified the registry so I can have an Apache 2.0 service and an Apache 2.2 service, both controlled by the useful Apache monitor (comes with the Apache-distributed copy of Apache 2.0). There's an awesome tool called the Registry Explorer, which lets you browse the windows registry as you would browse normal folders. And not only that, you can copy and paste/duplicate various keys, which regedit lacks. I just copied the Apache2 key that was installed by xampp, and modified it for my own use. The installer for 2.0 from the Apache group/people installed their own key, I believe, but the key names will clash with xampp's installation, and while xampp will finish the installation process, you won't be able to start up the correct apache with xampp's control panel.

3) installed SVN. http://subversion.tigris.org/servlets/ProjectDocumentList?folderID=91. Should be painless.

4) installed TortoiseSVN (Windows GUI - letting you do everything SVN related by right-clicking in explorer). Should also be painless. Requires a reboot, unfortunately.

5) set up Apache SSL according to the awesome help manual included with the TortoiseSVN installation. This guide was also helpful, although it did not cover SSL setup.

I've got me a HTTPS svn server! W00t. No, it's not open to the public, since it's for a project that I don't fully own.

*Note to others coming here to install apache(w/ssl)+svn on windows:
It may take you from 2 hours to 2 days. It took me 2 days to get everything figured out, including annoying limitations on stuff. If you don't run a different apache, and you know what you're doing, it shouldn't take more than 2 hours to get everything up and running properly.


Nov. 29th, 2006 01:31 am
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Canadian developers will next month release a tool to bypass government-enforced restrictions on web browsing in countries like China, Syria and Iran.
The University of Toronto has developed the Citizens Lab software in the hope that government internet censorship can be effectively circumnavigated.



I'm in favor of the idea. And it's open source. Hurrah!

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